Heres the early forecast out of Philadelphia: less yakking.
In a report at The 700 Level blog about the Eagles full-squad organized team activities, the indication was that the players will head into 2012 feeling that they botched their approach to last season. As Eagles safety Kurt Coleman said:
Last year, I think we wanted to take things for granted because we did have a talented team, and we just didnt always put it together and I think we lost our edge as far as getting aggressive, going out there and working for everything; this year, were not going to talk, were just going to out there and work hard, and Im loving it; I love what were about, I love our attitude every time we approach this field.
So dont expect any dream team talk this year.
The same theme was sounded by running back LeSean McCoy (via ESPN.com): We learned a lot. I think it humbled us. With all the big-time players that we have, we really have to check ourselves and go into the season to prove ourselves.
"I really think all of the hype is out the window, and it's a new year. I think there's a lot of pressure for us as players. We have to make sure we do the right things."
And from wide receiver Jason Avant: Nobody cares if you're the Eagles -- your talent, your roster, your quarterback, your receivers. You've got to go out and work hard. And that's it."
So the brash Eagles are sounding humble. Of course, after an 8-8 season, they have a lot to be humble about.